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Learn about the origins of St. Patrick's day, leprechauns, Ireland, and Irish myths. Includes mazes, crafts, and recipes for fun. Worksheets and answer keys included.
Learn about the origins of St. Patrick's day, leprechauns, Ireland, and Irish myths. Includes mazes, crafts, and recipes for fun. Worksheets and answer keys included.

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Published by: TheTeachersDesk.info on Oct 08, 2009
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 Saint Patrick's Day
Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated each year on March 17th to honor St. Patrick,the patron saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity tothe Irish.Although it began in Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in countriesaround the world. People with Irish heritage remind themselves of the beautifulgreen countryside of Ireland by wearing green and taking part in the festivities.Saint Patrick’s Day is usually celebrated with a parade.St. Patrick was born in Britain. His parents were Christians. Patricklived a normal life until he was captured by some Irish raiders whenhe was sixteen years old. He was taken to Ireland and kept as aslave. He watched and herded his master's sheep.Six years after Patrick was kidnapped, he escaped and found hisway back home. It is believed he escaped and traveled many milesto find a ship going back to his homeland.Patrick studied and became a priest. He stayed in England but often thought of returning to Ireland to convert the people. Pope Celestine asked Patrick to go tobring Christianity to Ireland.Patrick returned to Ireland and dedicated the rest of his life to helpingothers. Patrick often used the shamrock to explain about God and themeaning of the Trinity. He taught that the shamrock had one stem butthree separate parts. Saint Patrick told the people that the shamrockwas like the idea of the Trinity – that in the one God there are threedivine beings: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The shamrock was
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sacred to the Druids, so Saint Patrick’s use of it in explaining the trinity was verywise.According to legend, St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. Different versions of the story tell of him standing upona hill, using a wooden staff to drive the serpents into the sea,banishing them forever from Ireland.One version says that an old serpent resisted banishment, but that Patrickoutwitted him. Patrick made a box and invited the snake to enter. The snakeinsisted it was too small and the two argued. Finally to prove his point, thesnake entered the box to show how tight the fit was. Patrick slammed the lidclosed and threw the box into the sea.Although it’s true that Ireland has no snakes, this likely had more to do with thefact that Ireland is an island and being separated from the rest of the continentthe snakes couldn’t get there. The stories of Saint Patrick and the snakes arelikely a metaphor for his bringing Christianity to Ireland and driving out thepagan religions (serpents were a common symbol in many of these religions).March 17 was not the day St. Patrick was born but the day he died. Eventhough we don't know the date of his birth, most scholars believe the year was385 AD and the year of his death was 461 AD.1.St. Patrick's Day is celebrated to honor St. Patrick.TrueFalse2.St. Patrick is the patron saint of Italy.TrueFalse3.What color is traditionally associated with St. Patrick's Day?redgreenblue4.St. Patrick was born in Britain.TrueFalse5.Ireland has no snakes.TrueFalse
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